AY 20-21, Issue III | September 19, 2020
Virtually no aspect of the University community has gone untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic
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This is the latest edition of our newsletter covering our work from Sept. 12 - Sept. 18. To read any of these stories and more, check out our website or our coronavirus website, which covers news related to the pandemic. 

Want to join The Eagle team this semester? Staff applications are open from now until this Monday, Sept. 21! To join, fill out the application and send it to our editor-in-chief at editor@theeagleonline.com. 

By Isabel Wolff
COVID Update:

  • On Sept. 14, three more cases were reported from the AU community. There are now a total of four cases reported for the fall semester. 

  • Six months from Sept. 12, AU students found out that the spring semester would wrap up online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dan Papscun documented what's happened since

  • President Sylvia Burwell spoke with The Eagle about how her time as U.S. Health and Human Services secretary relates to leading AU during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Eagle Explains: The Importance of Highlighting Culture and Style
By: Lizzy Tarallo, Style Editor
This semester, the Style section has introduced a new series, AU Style Diaries, to showcase how students on our campus use style to show their culture and identity. The AU Style Diaries will allow students to write their own personal narrative and submit photos of the clothes, accessories and makeup trends that they use to express themselves. The Style section used to have a broader focus on off-campus life, born out of the decision to revamp the Scene section and later rethinking the Off-Campus section, and over the past few years, it’s evolved to focus on cultural events and fashion. Now that the Life section has so many distinct subsections, I am excited that we can now use the Style section to hone in on how AU students creatively use fashion and to talk more about how fashion impacts and intersects with students’ identities.

Sometimes, fashion journalism can be seen as superficial. With a focus on expensive brands or conforming to fit the latest trends, I too can see why it might be perceived in this way. Additionally, even though fashion magazines and brands have taken steps to include more people of color and people with disabilities as models, there is still such a long way to go. My goal as Style editor is to challenge the frivolous reputation that fashion journalism sometimes has by ensuring that we are representing all identities on our campus. Style allows us to express our unique selves, whether it be through wearing clothes with activist messages, wearing cultural or religious attire, or through using makeup as a form of art. The list truly goes on and on, and we hope to celebrate diversity through AU Style Diaries and all of our Style coverage this semester and beyond. 

If you are interested in writing for the AU Style Diaries, fill out the interest form! Contact Lizzy Tarallo (ltarallo@theeagleonline.com) if you have any questions.

  • Leslie T. Annexstein was named AU's inaugural assistant vice president for equity and Title IX. She’s previously worked at Howard University, University of Maryland, Urban Justice Center, National Women’s Law Center and more.

  • The AU community came together virtually on Sept. 11 for a vigil where speakers shared messages of hope and emphasized the importance of educating younger generations on the lessons learned since 2001.

  • Despite the online semester, The Market, AU's food pantry, continues to operate and provide food for students who are in need within the AU community. 

  • Changes to the U.S. Postal Service are affecting the University community and beyond as voting, business and other important mailing procedures continue to experience delays.

  • Sept. 13 marked the 42nd anniversary of Adams Morgan Day, the longest-running D.C. neighborhood festival, and this year, residents celebrated with virtual and some in-person activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Mozzeria, D.C.'s first deaf-owned-and-operated restaurant, began serving Neapolitan-style pizza to customers on Sept. 4.

  • Zenith Gallery provides an art viewing experience unlike any other gallery in the District, as its director, Margery E. Goldberg, set it up in her own D.C. home.

  • “I think if we’re going to have hope moving forward, sport must be a part of that movement.” Last week, the AU Athletics community held a roundtable discussion on the intersection of race, law and sports.

  • What happens to AU sports recruitment when the fall semester is online and the Patriot League fall sports season is canceled? AU Athletics is facing new challenges.

  • The Eagle started a series to recognize the top AU 10 sporting moments of the past decade. Here’s number 10 and 9.

  • Our latest staff editorial on AU student-athletes’ activism: "In a global situation where their seasons have been taken from them, these athletes don’t have the opportunity to do something they love, and are taking an active political stance. They are demanding better and more. We should all follow their lead."